My wife Sara and I have been married for 13 years and have two wonderful children, Mikayla (8) and Jonny (6). Together we have served side by side in ministry for all these years, and we look forward to many more in God’s service. I am an Ordained minister with the Assemblies of God, and hold 4 degrees including my MA in Christian Leadership (University of Valley Forge) as well as my BA in Preaching and Evangelism (Central Bible College). 

    Sara is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God with her B.A. from Central Bible College in Intercultural Studies. Both of us come from a strong heritage of ministry backgrounds. My wife is a fourth generation minister, and my father is also a full-time pastor. Our passion is to reach those who are far from God  through creative outreach and missions efforts, and then to journey with those who have been saved in a clear path of discipleship. Over the last many years I have traveled to 6 nations on mission trips, and look forward to traveling more! Most of all I love my family and doing life with them as we serve and love God together.



    Pastor James and Ruth Markham are graduates of Evangel University (Class of 1981). While at Evangel University he learned all the skills necessary for Children’s Ministry within the church, as well as becoming certified as a K-6 grade Elementary Teacher. While at Evangel, Jim was in charge of the Student Ministries Child Evangelism Ministry and developed Kids Crusades teams that ministered around the country. He also trained, coordinated and supervised to lead 21 different student Children’s Ministry groups that took buses into the community that held Bible groups each week. He then was hired to be Children’s Pastor at Berean Assembly in Deland, Florida. After almost five years there, God called him to go to Virginia Beach where he led the Children’s Ministry which blessed hundreds of young people. He has traveled as Children’s Evangelist whenever the opportunity has arisen, and has worked as a full time Children’s Pastor at many different types of churches over the years. Jim is a Licensed minister with the Assemblies of God. They have been married for 35 years, and have three children and one grandson. 



    Pastor Jonathan was born in Birmingham, AL and raised in Kimberly, AL (where his dad served as mayor of Kimberly for 24 years) and graduated from Mortimer Jordan High School in 1992. He began serving the Lord in music ministry at the Kimberly Church of God (where he attended since being a baby) the summer between 8th and 9th grade by playing his trumpet with the musicians during services. In 1996 Jonathan continued his musical training at Lee University and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) degree with instrumental emphasis in December of 1996. Soon after he began his teaching career in Birmingham Public Schools where he taught for 3 years. Over the years he has served in many churches in any way that was needed and in the Fall of 2015 he moved to New Port Richey to join the pastoral staff at First Assembly. Currently Pastor Jonathan leads Youth Ministry and Co-Leads the Music Ministries with Pastor Sara. 



    Pastor Michelle was born and raised in East Hartford Connecticut. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology and Secondary Education in 1972 from Central Connecticut State College. Soon after this she came to know the Lord through music, and in this way began to minister through songwriting and leading worship in many different venues. It wasn't long before she felt the calling to go into full time pastoral leadership. Michelle attended Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary from 1977-1980, graduating with her Masters of Divinity. She also completed three units of Clinical Pastoral Education from Andover Newton Theological School from 1980-1981, and is a Licensed minister with the Assemblies of God. God has used Pastor Michelle powerfully over the years in full time ministry as an Associate Pastor, Lead Pastor, and now is the minister in charge of Pastoral Care at First Assembly.